Niue – 2022 – 5 Dollars – Universe Milky Way
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The Milky Way is the galaxy that includes our Solar System, with the name describing the galaxy’s appearance from Earth: a hazy band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek γαλακτικός κύκλος (galaktikos kýklos), meaning “milky circle”. From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe. Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies.
The reverse of the coin depicts a cabalistic image of a domino emerging from inside a cottage. A colorful UV print has been applied to his lower height. Surrounding the figure are instruments of daily use found in the nooks and crannies of the cottage. In the foreground are old falcons, and one of them has been filled with colored resin with glitter. The coin has also been refined by applying selective gilding.
The mintage of the coin is limited to 500 pieces only. The coin comes packed with a certificate of authenticity in an elegant wooden box.